Perry defends tuition law as conservatives revive repeal effort

Perry defends tuition law as conservatives revive repeal effort

As Gov. Rick Perry travels the nation defending Texas’ decade-old law allowing in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, some conservatives back home are mobilizing a repeal effort.

Confronted by a New Hampshire voter at a town hall meeting Saturday who declared that the tuition policy doesn’t make sense, Perry stood steadfastly by the law, saying he and Texas legislators passed it in 2001 because it was in the state’s best interest.

Perry, a leading contender for the Republican presidential nomination, has come under fire from rivals for supporting the law. Perry has repeatedly argued that the statute has given thousands of additional students a shot at higher education.

HB1403 sailed to final approval with only four dissenting votes in the 2001 Legislature, and efforts to strike it from the books have gone nowhere.

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Perry defends tuition law as conservatives revive repeal effort

When this *tuition* law was passed in 2001 I was totally unaware of its existence, I was a resident of Texas, as I have been for most of my life, but this took place a full year before I was retired due to health issues and I didn’t keep up with Texas politics too much.

My job took me out of Texas at least 90% of the time and I wasn’t terribly concerned with politics in general. It was prior to 9-11 and I was making a lot of money, business was good and I went about my business, doing my job, and kept my politics to myself.

Until September of 2002 I didn’t know the name of our Mayor or any of the Council, my Texas State Senator or Texas Congressional representative nor my U.S. Representative. I knew the name of ONE of my U.S. Senators, Kay Bailey Hutchison, and had NO idea who the other U.S. Senator was. I knew that Rick Perry was the Governor and to all outward appearances, he was doing an OK job.

Many business people have to keep quiet about their political leanings, nonpartisan politics was the order of the day, the very LIFE of your business depended on it, and you had to make sure that you didn’t offend clients, or potential clients. That was then…

Retirement sets you FREE and the ability to speak your mind does wonders for the stress level.

But the current political backlash has strengthened the resolve of the law’s opponents in Texas, who say they plan to wage a vigorous effort to repeal it when the Legislature meets again in 2013. And supporters are preparing to circle the wagons to protect it.

Looking back on this *tuition for the children of ILLEGALS* thing, I now have to say, that was, in MY opinion, STRIKE ONE!

Many have blasted Rick Perry for the Gardasil issue and his effort to make the vaccination an enforced, mandatory medical procedure.

On his first day on the campaign trail, Texas Gov. Rick Perry admitted he made a mistake on the sole issue some pro-life advocates bring up as a concern despite his sterling pro-life record.

Perry, in a conversation with a New Hampshire voter, walked back his decision to mandate the vaccine Gardasil to 11-year old girls. According to a Politico report, a voter confronted him on the issue — explaining his remorse for the decision and indicating he put an opt-out provision in place allowing parents to decide not to have their young girls receive the vaccine.

Perry explained that, in his zeal to protect children, he went too far. SOURCE

‘In his zeal to protect children’?

zeal - noun
fervor for a person, cause, or object; eager desire or endeavor; enthusiastic diligence; ardor.

Apparently Perry forgot that parents, good parents that is, have a certain amount of ZEAL and strong opinions about the raising of their children, especially that of their daughters.

I believe that Rick Perry’s effort to force this procedure on Texas children was wrong and thank God, the Texas legislature did too. It was struck down. That effort by Perry, in and of itself, was NOT a game changer in my opinion, not at that particular point in time, but in conjunction with a few other issues, Gardasil is now STRIKE TWO!

Then there was this:Rick Perry suggests sending US troops into Mexico to fight drug cartels, I don’t care HOW the Perry camp spins it, U.S. troops fighting Mexican drug cartels, in Mexico, is NOT a good idea. Do I really need to go into ALL of the reasons why? Just click the link and read the story if you haven’t already.

Just for making the suggestion regarding U.S. troops in Mexico, STRIKE THREE Rick…

Unless there is some sort of immediate change in Rick Perry, some sudden influx of much needed common sense and some solid Conservative credibility, I am DONE with Perry, and to be totally honest with you, even if we DID see that *sudden influx* I don’t think I would believe it!

Immigration is what built America, but today we are not an emerging nation that needs to draw from all quarters to build a raw nation into a world power. If anything, we need to be seriously looking at removing as many ILLEGALS as is humanly possible. The drain on our economy would be decreased, couple that with the installation of a Conservative POTUS and BOTH Houses of Congress and America will again have a fighting chance at survival.

Continue down the road we are currently on, the debacle of Obama and Company, or send a RINO to the White House, one that believes his every word is gold, and we are done for.

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6 Responses to Perry defends tuition law as conservatives revive repeal effort

  1. Bloviating Zeppelin says:

    Perry lost me at heartless.

    And I know about the retirement thing; I have yet to be able to fully uncork because of my current employment situation. But I can’t quite literally afford to be that free, yet. Not in this state. I know that, when my contract expires in June of 2014, I DEFINITELY have to be GONE before then, because it will be nothing but take-aways on the table.


  2. Jim at CoF says:

    An excellent post, Fred. Perry has shown himself to be a statist. and, as you say, three strikes and you’re out of here. The pickings are getting slim, Fred. I may have to reconsider my opinion on Newt. We’ll see.

  3. LD Jackson says:

    One has to wonder just what in the world Perry was thinking when he made some of these statements. The hole he is in just keeps getting deeper and deeper and it’s his own fault.

  4. Always On Watch says:

    I can’t see that Perry will get the GOP nomination. Not only because of the strikes listed in the post but also because he has other bad pr.

    So, what choice are we going to have in 2012? Not much of one, IMO. That said, I’ll have to vote for whoever runs against Obama.

  5. minuteman26 says:

    The more Perry opens his mouth the more disappointed I get. Am not quite sure if his advisers are telling him to put out this stuff or he is speaking his own mind. Whatever, its hurting his campaign big time. I contibuted to his bid for the GOP nomination and am quickly getting a case of buyers remorse.

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